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[FERNDALE] – The 2018 class of Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun their work to care for gardens and other public spaces in communities throughout Sullivan County. From small planter boxes and established gardens, to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization, they are working alongside community volunteers to make a difference in their communities.
The Internship Program is a partnership between Sullivan Renaissance and the Center for Workforce Development that provides paid work experiences for Sullivan County youth between the ages of 16 and 20. In addition to caring for gardens and public spaces, interns participate in weekly meetings where they discuss current issues, meet with local leaders, develop leadership skills and explore career options. They will also choose, plan and implement a service learning project.
“We have fourteen bright, energetic, diverse young people this year. Our hope is that through this program they will develop a sense of place and find their voice on issues that are important to them,” said Anne-Louise Scandariato, Volunteer Program Manager at Sullivan Renaissance.
The 2018 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:
• Mikai Baptiste –Callicoon Business Association
• Emily Carey – Village of Woodridge
• Sebastian Dao – Town of Tusten
• Mikayla DeGraw – Town of Fallsburg
• Nathaniel DePaul – Livingston Manor Renaissance
• Jarod Hellerer – Swan Lake Renaissance
• Hailee Kolvenbach – Town of Lumberland Parks and Recreation
• Arly Marin-Leon – Village of Jeffersonville
• Cheyanne Matulewich – Neversink Renaissance
• Morgan Mitchell – Town of Thompson
• Nina Mota – Town of Bethel
• Benjamin Quakenbush – Town of Liberty
• Parker Rosencranse – Town of Rockland
• Amanda Werkmeister – SUNY Sullivan
For more information call 845-295-2445 or visit www.SullivanRenaissance.org.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with support from Bold Gold Media Group, DVEIGHT Magazine, The River Reporter, The Sullivan County Democrat, and the Times Herald Record. For information, call 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.